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“OK...but the staff enforces rules zealously”

Coastal Children's Museum
Ranked #14 of 43 things to do in Rockland
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Owner description: The Coastal Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing children ages 2-9 and their families the opportunity to explore, discover and learn through play about the natural world, the arts and sciences and the diversity of Maine’s coast.Our Core Values:* Each Child and parent/caregiver deserves respect.* Families are the first educators.* Learning occurs through play.* The Community is out first resource.* The Museum is responsible to the world and the environment.The Coastal Children's Museum opened at Sharp's Point South in the summer of 2009 and we are so excited about our new home and love seeing the children learning, playing and creating. Children (and their parents!) are exploring our indoor sailboat, CedarWorks indoor climber, and “Sharpie’s General Store”. The museum also hosts many species of tropical and Maine Coast sea life in our "Under the Sea Room" and our full size Gulf of Maine touch tank. We also have a daily craft at the art table , puppet theater, Tubes and Tracks, and a woodworking bench and wonderful puzzles and books all throughout the museum.Workshops, special guests, and family fun days are held at the museum entertaining and educating families on diverse topics. We have had programs on dance and movement, animals and insects, writing and poetry, and everything in between. You can also have your birthday party at the museum. Membership is affordable and it entitles you to free admission, and discounts on programs and events, birthday parties, and t-shirts.Check out our website which has details and pictures of all our exhibits, past workshops, upcoming events and more. Why not swing by your new Coastal Children’s Museum. We are open Wed-Sat 10:00- 4:00 and Sundays 1:00 to 4:00. See you there! Summer Hours Tues-Sat 10:00-4:00 and Sundays 1:00 to 4:00
Reviewed 14 July 2013

There's a lot to do in a relatively small space--and a nice range of activities to keep young and older children playing happily. However, I must say that I have never been to a children's museum where the staff were quite so zealous about their "rules" (all toys staying in their exact spots, children keeping their shoes on 100% of the time). We've never before been to a children's museum where we've felt constantly monitored and scolded. Our kids didn't seem to mind, which is the most important thing-- but the hovering of the staff left a bad impression on us, and I can't say that we'll be back any time soon.

5  Thank Adria24
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Reviewed 8 December 2012

kids are free to learn and enjoy everything. Very educational but a lot of fun. The staff are all caring, loving, teachers who want childrn to touch and explore. Go there soon!

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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Enough for kids under 7 to do and be happy with it. Anyone older , not so I interested. Great place for rainy days

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We had a blast one morning going from one adorable exhibit to another. My niece had been two years before and wanted to go again, despite being at the older end of the scale. And we found ways to amuse ourselves, despite it being geared to toddlers. And if you have toddlers, you are in for a tremendous treat. ALl hands-on, all extremely well done and well-crafted "exhibits". We almost solved the labyrinth...you'll have to go see for yourself what I mean!

3  Thank kiki_04414
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